Wei-Jan, 29, South Africa
My fiancé Cody and I met 2 years ago and immediately became good friends. Whenever people on our missions base asked if we had feelings for each other, we said no — and we meant it. We just weren’t feeling it; plus, I was recovering from a major heartbreak. Then…God moved.
During this season, I began having recurring visions of myself walking through a garden with the Lord. Eventually, I realized that the garden resembled the one from The Secret Garden. It was symbolic; just as the character Mary brought the garden back to life, God was bringing my spirit back from the dead. I’d locked up my heart, but God was faithfully helping me reopen it.
A year and a half later, I was back on the base with Cody. Both of us had grown, but I still only saw him as a friend. Then, during prayer, the Lord said, “I want to talk about *that* part of your heart — the one that you’ve locked up and can’t trust Me with.” I was shocked. He was correct; I’d trusted God with many things, but my romantic heartaches had been off-limits. “I’m scared and hurt,” I said, “but You’re good. So, you can take that part of my heart.” I then had a vision of me and God in the garden…but this time, someone else was there. I didn’t know it at the time, but that third person was Cody.
In the following days, Cody led worship on the base and I sang back-up. Midway through, the lyrics came alive and I felt the Lord again telling me to trust Him with my heart. As I later found out, at that exact same moment, our friends felt a strong urge to pray for the two of us to come together.
Soon after, the Lord told both of us to consider each other. He spoke to us at the exact same time, but neither of us knew that the other had also heard. You can imagine how awkward things were! After a few days, Cody asked to talk. When we realized that we’d received the same message, we were beyond amazed! About a month later, God put marriage on our hearts…and here we are, less than a year later. In two weeks, Cody will be my husband!
It’s been a crazy ride, but through it all, the Lord has revealed His faithfulness. He has a plan — and His timing is perfect!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9